Clemson, SC – Jacob Bridgeman shot a final round 71 and led Clemson to a fifth-place finish out of 15 teams at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar River Course in El Grande, Puerto Rico on Tuesday. It was the first tournament of the spring for Larry Penley’s 17th ranked (Golfweek) Tigers.
Number-three ranked Georgia Tech won the tournament with an 832 score, while number-one ranked Oklahoma was second at 834. Georgia finished third at 845, followed by Alabama at 848 and Clemson at 855, nine-under-par.
Four of Clemson’s golfers shot even par or better for the three rounds. The team had 47 birdies and a tournament best 188 pars for the three-day event.
Bridgeman had his third straight under par round on the par 72 course with a 71 on Tuesday. He had rounds of 70-71-71 to finish at 212, four-under par and a tie for 13th place. The sophomore already has 10 under-par rounds this year, best on the team.
Senior William Nottingham was Clemson’s second best golfer for the tournament with a one-under-par 215 score, good enough for 28th place in the field of 75 golfers. The senior had rounds of 72-69-74.
Turk Pettit and Zack Gordon both finished in 32nd place at even par 216. Pettit led the field in par holes with 42, and had just two holes that were not par or birdie over his last two rounds. Pettit had rounds of 70-72-74 for his 216 total, while Gordon had rounds of 74-68-74.
Kyle Cottam, who shot a 68 in the second round, had a 76 in the final round. He got off to a rough start on Tuesday, playing the first four holes at five-over-par, then played the last 14 holes at one-under. He finished 42nd individually with a 218 score.
Two Clemson freshmen, Carter Pendley and Drayton Stewart, played in the Puerto Rico Individual Classic at the Rio Mar Ocean Course. Pendley finished 11th with rounds of 78-75-74 for a 227 total, while Stewart finished 12th with rounds of 79-75-75 for a 229 total. Stewart had nine birdies in the tournament to finish tied for third in the field.
Puerto Rico Classic
Feb. 16-18, 2020
Rio Mar River Course, El Grande, Puerto Rico, Par 72
Clemson Individual Results
Puerto Rico Classic Individual Tournament
At Rio Mar Ocean Course, Par 71